Join us on October 29th for a discussion with The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz around his new book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, & the Hijacking of the American Conversation.
ANTISOCIAL reveals how the boundaries between technology, media, & politics have been erased, resulting in the deeply broken informational landscape in which we all now live. In candid conversations with the B.S.B.s-or Big Swinging Brains-of Silicon Valley, Andrew Marantz discovers a selective community of techno-utopians who took Mark Zuckerberg's motto, Move Fast & Break Things, to heart. Viewing their role as disruptors to be free of any responsibility to actually monitor the tools they have built, they either choose not to police their users' actions or, in many cases, don't know where to begin. In fact, such policing is often seen as antithetical to the nature of our one true democracy-the internet.
Marantz discussed these issues with Eli Pariser, co-founder of UpWorthy; Alexis Ohanian & Steve Huffman, co-founders of Reddit; & Emerson Spartz, founder of MuggleNet & the viral media company Dose, among others. Spartz's words in his first meeting with Marantz would appear to be prophetic: If you could make ideas go viral, you could tip elections, overthrow dictators, start movements, revolutionize industries. The ability to spread a meme to millions of people, is the closest you can come to a superpower.
Andrew Marantz, a staff writer, has contributed to The New Yorker since 2011. He has written extensively for the magazine about technology, social media, the alt-right, & the press, as well as about comedy & pop culture. His first book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, & the Hijacking of the American Conversation, will be released in October.